Alfred Hitchcock Presents Season 4
S04 E01Oct 5, 1958
Poison Oct 5, 1958 Harry Pope is an alcoholic plantation owner. One day he awakens with a deadly snake in his bed. It lies sleeping under the blanket right on his chest. Afraid to move, he calls for help and Timber Woods arrives and later gets a doctor. Woods attempts to knock the snake out by using chloroform poured under the blankets through a rubber tube. When they pull back the blankets they find no snake. The doctor leaves angrily. Woods laughs at Harry and jumps onto the bed. The snake comes out from behind a pillow and bites him right on the face.
S04 E02Oct 12, 1958
Don't Interrupt Oct 12, 1958 Mr. and Mrs. Templeton are on a train with their deliquent eight-year-old son named Johnny. Outside it is snowing. A blizzard is raging. An announcement reveals that someone has escaped from a nearby asylum. He is not dangerous, but is in need of help because he is caught in the blizzard. Johnny annoys some passengers on the train. His parents get angry with him and tell him to be quiet. The train breaks down and Johnny notices a man outside scratching at the window. Listening to his parents, he doesn't say a word and leaves the mental patient outside to die in the blizzard.
S04 E03Oct 19, 1958
The Jokester Oct 19, 1958 Mr. Bradley decides to play a joke at a mortuary. He pretends to be a corpse and scares an attendant named Pop Henderson. Later, Mr. Bradley is knocked unconscious by a victim of another of his practical jokes. He winds up at the morgue. He wakes up and tries to explain to Pop that he is just paralyzed. Pop doesn't believe him and locks him up in his slab.
S04 E04Oct 26, 1958
The Crooked Road Oct 26, 1958 Harry Adams is pulled over by a police officer named Pete Chandler. Pete says Harry was speeding and insists that Harry follow him into town. As they travel, they discover that Harry has a flat tire. A tow truck appears out of nowhere and takes Harry's car into town. When they get into town Pete must pay a large fine for speeding. He must also pay a large bill for car repairs. As Harry drives away he is revealed to be from the State Highway Commission. He has the entire scam recorded on tape.
S04 E05Nov 2, 1958
The $2,000,000 Defense Nov 2, 1958 Lloyd Ashley is paying a lawyer named Mark Robinson two million dollards in order to be defended on a murder charge. Robinson wins the case after setting up an expert on the stand. Later, Ashley kills Robinson after he discovers that Robinson was the one fooling around with his wife. Robinson set up the whole thing in order to get money for defending Ashley.
S04 E06Nov 9, 1958
Design for Loving Nov 9, 1958 Charles Brailing wants to leave his wife and fly to Rio. He builds a robot, which he keeps locked in a tool chest in the basement. The robot looks just like him. Charles begins to become uncomfortable with the robot growing close to his wife. He tries to destroy it. Unfortunately the robot gets the better of him and locks him up permanently in the tool chest in the basement.
S04 E07Nov 16, 1958
A Man with a Problem Nov 16, 1958 Carl climbs onto a ledge at a New York apartment and threatens to jump. Policemen arrive and learn that Carl wants to jump because his wife committed suicide after running off with a man named Steve. One of the policemen comes out onto the ledge to try to pull him back in. Unfortunately, this was part of Carl's plan. The policeman is Steve and Carl promptly pushes him off.
S04 E08Nov 23, 1958
Safety for the Witness Nov 23, 1958 Cyril T. Jones makes guns for gangsters. After he sees two men kill an important witness in a mob trial, he is threatened. The police question him but he gives no information knowing that the mobsters will kill him if he talks. Later Cyril meets up with the two men and kills them with an elephant gun. He gives himself up, but the police refuse to prosecute him.
S04 E09Dec 7, 1958
Murder Me Twice Dec 7, 1958 Lucy Pryor is hypnotized at a party by Miles Farnham. In a trance, she claims to be an unhappily married Quaker named Dora Evans. Under hypnosis she promptly picks up a pair of scissors and kills her husband. The police immediately take her into custody. Lucy says she does not remember anything. Later, the police find out that there was a real Dora Evans and that she killed her husband almost a hundred years ago. Lucy is taken to trial. For her defense, she agrees to be hynotized again. She again claims to be named Dora Evans and right in the middle of the courtroom she again kills someone. This time her victim is Farnham, the hypnotist.
S04 E10Dec 14, 1958
Tea Time Dec 14, 1958 Iris Teleton meets her husband's lover Blanche Herbert. Blanche asks that Iris give her husband a divorce. When Iris refuses, Blanche gives her a letter that proves that she was also cheating on her husband. Iris kills Blanche. Later, Iris meets with her husband Oliver and learns that he gave Blanche the letter. He also hired a detective who was following Iris. The detective can place Iris at the scene of Blanche's murder. Iris's husband agrees to keep quiet, but only if she will give him a divorce.
S04 E11Dec 21, 1958
And the Desert Shall Blossom Dec 21, 1958 Two old hermits who live in the Nevada desert are confronted by a sheriff who asks them to come back to town. They say they will return to town if the can't get a dead rosebush to grow. Later a stranger arrives. He demands to be taken to Reno. The stranger starts a fight with one of the hermits and is killed in the ensuing struggle. The sheriff later arrives looking for the murderer. The hermits show him the rose bush which has began to blossom. The sheriff leaves and the hermits reveal that the bush is probably blooming because they buried the body beneath it.
S04 E12Dec 28, 1958
Mrs. Herman and Mrs. Fenimore Dec 28, 1958 Mrs. Fenimore is an actress who moves into the home of Mrs. Herman. With Mrs Fenimore's help, Mrs. Herman kill her uncle Bill and makes it look like an accident. Mrs. Fenimore later reveals that she married Bill and that she stands to inherit a lot of money.
S04 E13Jan 4, 1959
Six People, No Music Jan 4, 1959 Arthur Motherwell is an undertaker with a strange problem. He has been hired by a family to prepare an extravagant funeral for a wealthy man name Stanton C. Barryvale. Later when he does to embalme Mr. Barryvale, he wakes up and writes down a note insisting that he be given a small funeral: six people, no music. After giving Arthur the note, Barryvale dies for good. Motherwell must decide on which funeral to prepare. He decides on the extravagant one and has the note destroyed.
S04 E14Jan 11, 1959
The Morning After Jan 11, 1959 Sharon Trotter is having an affair with a married man named Ben Nelson. Sharon's mother tells Ben's wife who then tries to get a divorce. Ben kills her. Needing an alibi he calls Sharon and tells her that she should tell the police that he was with her on the night of the murder. Unfortunately, Sharon's mother answers the phone pretending to be Sharon. She then tells her daughter that Nelson wants her to tell the police that he was not with her on the night of the murder.
S04 E15Jan 18, 1959
A Personal Matter Jan 18, 1959 Bret Johnson and Joe Philips work at an isolated construction site. When Joe hears a news broadcast about the murder of a construction boss, he tells Brett that the murder was justified. Later the two men risk their lives and save a trapped fellow worker. As the prepare to leave, Joe pulls a gun on Brett and accuses him of being a cop here to arrest him for murder. Brett tells him that he is a cop, but that he will testify on his behalf in court because he has shown himself to be a good man in saving their co-worker's life.
S04 E16Jan 25, 1959
Out There - Darkness Jan 25, 1959 Eddie McMahon in in dire need of money. He asks a rich woman named Miss Fox for a load. She refuses. Later when Miss Fox is walking her dog she is mugged and almost killed. She did not get a good look at her attacker, but she suspects Eddie and tells the police. The police arrest eddie and he is sent to prison. A year later, the real mugger is caught and Eddie is released from prison. Eddie goes to see Miss Fox and she offers him five dollars for the trouble she put him through. He takes it. Later Miss Fox walks her dog and is mugged once again. She is strangled and kill. The mugger is Eddie. He throws the five hundred dollars down next to the body and walks away.
S04 E17Feb 1, 1959
Total Loss Feb 1, 1959 Jan Manning owns a department store which is deep in debt. She decides to pull off an insurance scam. The store will be torched and she and her boyfriend will collect the insurance money. Later, Jan is told that her store caught fire and that one of her employees had been badly burned. Hearing this she admits to the insurance scam. Unfortunately for her, the fire wasn't arson. It started because of a faulty coffee machine. She accidently implicates herself in insurance fraud and the police begin to interrogate her.
S04 E18Feb 8, 1959
The Last Dark Step Feb 8, 1959 Brad Taylor wants to marry Janice, but needs to cut off his old girlfriend Leslie. Leslie refuses and Brad kills her. When he returns home, he is shocked to discover the police waiting for him. He asks how they could have known and he discovers that the police are not there because of Leslie's murder, but because of Janice's.
S04 E19Feb 15, 1959
The Morning of the Bride Feb 15, 1959 Helen Brewster wants to meet her future mother-in-law. She is engaged to a man named Philip. On the night she is to see Philip's mother, he tells her that his mother is sick and that he has been drafter. After Philip gets back from overseas, Helen again wishes to see Philip's mother. She becomes quite insistent and threatens to leave him. Philip tells her that they should get married right now and then tell his mother. They do so and return to Philip's house. In the morning, Helen sneak's up into the room of Philip's mother. She isn't there. No one is there. She sees a newspaper clipping that reveals that she has been dead for ten years. Philip then enters the room. He talks to an empty rocking chair as if his mother was still alive.
S04 E20Feb 22, 1959
The Diamond Necklace Feb 22, 1959 Andrew Thurgood works at Maynard's jewelry store. When a woman steals an expensive necklace right out from under his nose, he think he is in deep trouble. His boss, however, downplays the robbery and insists that the company's insurance will take care of everything. Later, Andrew returns home and sees his daughter. It was his daughter that stole the necklace.
S04 E21Mar 1, 1959
Relative Value Mar 1, 1959 John Manbridge is in dire need of money. He wealthy Uncle Felix tells him to just relax since he will inherit a lot of money when his Uncle dies. John can't wait. He sneaks into his uncle's officer and kills him. He locates a policeman so that he and the policeman can find the body at the same time. The two men get to Felix's office. They find the body and a note written by Felix. The note reveals that Felix was dying and had just taken poison in order to end his suffering. Overwhelmed, John faints. The policeman revives John with a glass of whisky. John takes a drink, but is poisoned and dies. The glass of whisky was what his uncle had used to take the poison.
S04 E22Mar 8, 1959
The Right Price Mar 8, 1959 Mort and Jocelyn Barnhardt are a constantly fighting married couple. One evenin a burgler enters their home and makes a startling proposal. He tells Mort that he will rob him and that he wants to spilt the insurance money acquired from the robbery. Mort makes another offer. He wants him to kill his wife. They debate about the price and reach a compromise. The burgler goes upstairs to kill Jocelyn. After a while Mort becomes worried. He goes upstairs to find out what's taking so long. He is subsquently murdered. Jocelyn, it seems, made a higher counteroffer and the burglar decided to kill Mort.
S04 E23Mar 15, 1959
I'll Take Care of You Mar 15, 1959 John Forbes is a used car salesman who wants to be rid of his wife Dorothy because of her extravagent lifestyle. When two college students arrive wanting to buy a car, he sees an oppurtunity. He finds a car and runs over his wife later that night. He then takes the car to a mechanic to have it fixed before selling it to the students. After the car is sold, the police show up. They arrest the mechanic for murder. The mechanic wife arrives and tells John that she told the police about the murder. Since she wanted to be rid of her stingy husband, she told the police he did it. She then tells Forbes that he must support her extravagent lifestyle or else she will tell the police about him as well.
S04 E24Mar 22, 1959
The Avon Emeralds Mar 22, 1959 Inspector Benson follows Lady Gwendolyn Avon. It is believed that Avon intends to smuggle a valuable emerald necklace out of England in order to sell it. Benson tries to convince her to put the necklace in a vault, but she refuses. The emeralds are latter stolen. Avon has an alibi and heads to France. Benson follows and talks to the French police who are uninterested in the affair. Benson later meets up with Avon and reveals that their plan worked. He stole the necklace and now they can sell it at a hefty profit.
S04 E25Mar 29, 1959
The Kind Waitress Mar 29, 1959 Thelma Tompkins is a waitress who discovers that she is named in the will of a Mrs. Mannerheim who stays at the hotel where she workds. Thelma and her boyfriend then plot to kill Mannerheim. They discover a lethal drug called Anatine. Thelma slips the drug into Mannerheim's food. She does not grow ill, but more lively. Frustrated, Thelma strangles her. At the inquest, however, she breaks down and confesses. She learns that Mannerheim had a heart conditions and that her doctor had prescribed her Anatine to keep her alive.
S04 E26Apr 5, 1959
Cheap Is Cheap Apr 5, 1959 Alexander Gifford is a misery who wants be rid of his wife. He thinks about divorcing her, but realizes that it will be expensive. He then considers hitmen to kill her, but the cost of hitmen is quite high. He then kills her himself. Later, he is shocked by a funeral bill of a hundred and fifty dollars. He decides to sell his wife's body to science and picks up seventy-five dollars.
S04 E27Apr 12, 1959
The Waxwork Apr 12, 1959 Mr. Marriner is an owner of a wax museum. He lets a reporter named Raymond Houston stay the night at his waxworks in order to right a story. At night, the reporter sees the wax figure of a murdering barber named Bourdette. The statue comes to life and tells the reporter to get ready for a shave. In the morning, the reporter's body is discovered. He sits in a barber chair as if ready for a shave. His body is unmarked. Marriner concludes that he must had died of fear brought on my an overactive imagination.
S04 E28Apr 19, 1959
The Impossible Dream Apr 19, 1959 Oliver Matthews is a has been actor who is worshipped by his adoring secretary. To get away from his secretary, he tells her he is going to Mexico. Instead he meets with Grace Dolan, a woman who has been blackmailing him. Since he can no longer afford the payments, he kills her. He goes home to find his secretary. She knows about the murder, but will not go to the police if he marries her.
S04 E29May 3, 1959
Banquo's Chair May 3, 1959 A wealthy woman named Miss Ferguson is murdered and Scotland Yard detective is determined to force the lead suspect John Bedford to confess. He stages an elaborate hoax including an actress named May Thorpe to play the ghost of Miss Ferguson. The hoax goes off as plan, the ghost appears, and Bedford confesses. Later, May Thorpe arrives and apologizes for being late. She also asks if she is too late to give her performance.
S04 E30May 10, 1959
A Night With the Boys May 10, 1959 After losing eighty dollars in a poker game, Irv worries about explaining his losses to his wife. He fakes being mugged and reports it to the police. The next day the police tell him that his mugger has been caught. Unwilling to condemn an innocent man, he agrees not to press charges if his money is returned to him. The mugger gives him eighty dollars. Later Irv visits his poker pals. He discovers that one of them was mugged the night before and was robbed of the eighty dollars he won from Irv.
S04 E31May 17, 1959
Your Witness May 17, 1959 Arnold Shawn is a lawyer who is defending a man invovled in a hit-and-run accident. Arnold's wife Naomi worries about her marriage. She knows that Arnold is seeing another woman. During the trial, Shawn discredits a witness to the accident named Babcock. Without his glasses, he is blind. Later Naomi kills her husband in a hit-and-run. The discredited Babcock is the only witness.
S04 E32May 24, 1959
Human Interest Story May 24, 1959 Bill Everett interviews a man named Howard Wilcox who claims to be a Martain. Howard claims he has escaped Mars and has assumed the identity of an earthman. Everett later goes to his editor, he tells him that he has killed Everett. Everett was really a Martian and his existence was a danger to the other Martians who are planning to invade the Earth.
S04 E33May 31, 1959
The Dusty Drawer May 31, 1959 Norman Logan was once cheated by a man named william William Tritt. He uses a secret door in a table to extract his revenge.
S04 E34Jun 7, 1959
A True Account Jun 7, 1959 Maureen Hughes suspects that her husband is a murderer. She asks a lawyer Paul Brett what to do and is told that she cannot testify against her husband. Maureen's husband commits suicide and Maureen marries Paul. Later in her sleep Maureen confesses to murder. Brett aware of the law dictates the story into a tape recorder. Maureen finds out that he knows and kills him with poison. She also burns the tape.
S04 E35Jun 14, 1959
Touché Jun 14, 1959 Bill Fleming's wife cheats on him constantly. A friend named Sandy tells him about a law that prevents a man from being prosecuted for murder if one engages in an honorable duel. Bill challenge's his wife's current boyfriend and kills him. He is not prosecuted for murder but he must deliver a substantial amount of money to the man's next of kin: Sandy.
S04 E36Jun 21, 1959
Invitation to an Accident Jun 21, 1959 Albert Magnum is a well known ladies man. He advise a woman named Virginia to stay away from her ex-husband Joseph because he is a jealous man. After Virginia is almost killed, Albert suspects Joseph. To find out the truth, Albert takes Joseph fishing and asks him subtle questions about how to murder's one wife. Albert shifts the conversation to one about how to murder the lover of one's wife. Albert suggests coffee laced with arsenic. He offers Albert some coffee. He drinks it and dies. Joseph suspected mistakenly that Albert was his wife's lover.